Chez Pierre - Gnocchi a la Nicoise

Chez Pierre – 27 Jan 2016

A visit to Chez Pierre trying their Taste of France range never disappoints. We were treated to food from the town of Nice. It started with a gnocchi lacking in flavour but partnering perfectly with a delicious rich lamb ragout with a ratatouille like mixture of vegetables that were pleasing to the taste buds. That was followed by a delicious palette cleanser of passionfruit, citrus, and strawberry sorbet which was more like a dessert. For mains I ate bouillabaisse for the first time and liked the lovely tomato and fish soup surrounding an array of delicious seafood. Special call out to the mussels which tasted like the sea and were super tender, just like the squid which was also melt in your mouth. For dessert the nougat parfait surprised on the upside as I didn’t think it would be that great but I was proved wrong with an interesting creation married with strawberries and orange peel for a contrast against the rich flavours. I’ve eaten here many a times and really love experiencing the cuisine from different areas of France.


NeNe Chicken - Swicy Chicken

NeNe Chicken – 23 Jan 2016

Fried chicken is huge in Korea and now NeNe with over 1000 stores in Korea alone finally has a store in Perth after opening on the east coast. Offering crispy fried chicken with a variety of flavours, sides, wraps, burger and dessert, with a Korean twist, there is something sure to match your preferences. I chose the “swicy” sweet and spicy chicken with chicken salted chips. The chips were perfect, crunchy, perfectly seasoned and everything a chip should be. The chicken was certainly crispy, covered in a light crispy batter, chicken perfectly cooked, covered in a gooey sweet sauce with sesame seeds. The sauce isn’t too sweet and the chilli level is hardly spicy. I really liked the pickled radish which balances out the fried chicken. I also savoured green tea soft serve which I ate plenty of whilst travelling in Japan, so happy to see it here. It’s yum!


Little Sinabro - Cheese Teppanyaki Chilli Pork

Little Sinabro – 15 Jan 2016

After a reasonable wait a tray was presented with the smouldering hot teppanyaki plate upon wood holding the contents of a rather interesting looking dish. The dish also comes with steamed rice and miso soup. The very thin pork strips were tender and the whole meal was really delicious and certainly had a good chilli fix throughout the marinade. It certainly livened up the steamed rice! I love the gooey cheese. The miso soup was also really refreshing and delicious. I find eating these meals at the various Korean restaurants I’ve visited to be deceptively filling. The dishes initially don’t look like a huge serving, not they look small, but they really fill you up and keep you going. I enjoyed the meal and was really stuffed.


The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen - Panko Crumbed Oysters

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 14 Jan 2016

I enjoy coming to this restaurant which presents a stylish smart interior with delicious food prepared and presented. Eyeing the dessert menu I decided to skip mains and load up with three entrees instead. The chef’s tasting plate was a little mixed with an absolutely amazing pork and miso soup, and I also loved the sweet and roasted flavours of the pumpkin puree which paired effectively with delicious succulent salmon and crisp skin. The other two items of falafel and a kimchi slider weren’t as impressive. I also ordered a couple of the panko crusted oysters which were their usual deliciousness and I also enjoyed an intense but growing on me with each bite, black pudding. For dessert I ordered the lemon, almond and polenta cake which sounded a bit unusual to me but presented a normal cake which was soft and light, freshly baked and had a lovely crust. The tangy yoghurt ice cream was interesting, an enjoyable dessert though a little uninspiring. One does look to dessert for that big finish to the meal.


Petition Kitchen - Chopped Broccoli, Puffed Grains

Petition Kitchen – 7 Jan 2016

At roughly $20 per head after sharing 5 dishes between the 5 of us, we were quite satisfied, though I would have liked to have had dessert if not for running out of time. The service was excellent but the pace of the dishes was a little too slow for my liking, not that I wanted the experience to be rushed. We started with the the duck liver parfait which was smooth and creamy, enjoyed with grilled slices of bread which added a nice contrasting flavour. Next I really enjoyed the succulent tender squid in a lovely salad and dressing. The acidic pickled radish was excellent. The vegetarian chopped broccoli with puffed grains was a standout dish. I really liked the crunch and texture of this surprising dish full of flavour. The roasted mushrooms looked like something you would find in a forest, beautifully presented, and allowing the different flavours of the mushroom varieties to shine through. Lastly, the chunk of sirloin was a little disappointing, some pieces were tough and dry, others perfectly tender and pink. The romesco sauce was excellent and I loved the charred asparagus spears. An excellent array of flavours, presentation, and creativity.


Heirloom - Braised Beef Short Rib

Heirloom – 27 Dec 2015

First time visit to Pete Evans Heirloom restaurant at Fraser Suites in East Perth. I’m not familiar with the paleo inspired dishes but I didn’t find them a significant departure from the usual, in fact, they’re more healthy. For entree I had a delicious flavoursome bone broth which took on a slightly sweet Asian influence. The braised beef brisket and veggies were also excellent. I also had a small taste of the pork belly which is amazing. For mains I thoroughly enjoyed a delicious braised beef short rib which was super tender. With well cooked Asian greens, a salad, fresh chilli, and miso dressing, it went down very well. I also had a small taste of the roasted barramundi which was perfectly cooked and immersed in a creamy tasty sauce. I also tasted the slow roasted lamb which took on the deep flavours of the red wine but the dish was quite muted and subtle. For dessert I had a raw raspberry and cashew cheesecake which resembled more of a coconut slice type dessert, definitely not cheesecake. I also had a taste of the panna cotta which was delicious and the baked chocolate mousse which is a very dense dessert. I really enjoyed the experience, their strengths are the entrees and mains, executing delicious dishes, many with Asian flavours. The desserts I was less enthused about though we were later told the orange and almond cake is excellent. The dishes are quite pricey, though, I was fortunate to get a 50% offer from Dimmi.


St Michael 6003 - Pork Neck, Octopus, Saffron, Capsicum

St Michael 6003 – 22 Dec 2015

St Michael’s offers patrons a classy understated intimate interior with excellent service and beautifully presented dishes that are delicious. I really enjoyed the fried squid which was super tender, had the perfect level of seasoning and batter, and while a tad rich, was paired effectively with the cucumber kimchi. The house bread with vegemite infused butter surprised on the upside, even though I can’t stand vegemite. The pork neck entree was falling apart, delicious, and rich but counteracted by the slightly sour mustard sauce. While the octopus could have been more tender, the strong smoky flavour also partnered nicely against the rich pork neck and acidity from the capsicum salad. The venison for mains was just a touch overdone, spongey, though a bit difficult to cut through. The strong earthy flavours were enjoyed by the sweetness from the beetroot jelly and a slight richness from the cream and macadamias. The pickled beetroot added that slightly acidic element. The vanilla panna cotta didn’t carry the intensity of vanilla I was expecting and was rather muted, however the tart rhubarb offset any richness. The masterstroke of the dessert was the slightly sweet but salty crumble which brought all the elements together. The dessert was tasty but could have had a stronger finish. All in all well presented and thought out dishes, just lacking a little oomph and a bit more execution to take the dishes to the next level.


P'tite Ardoise Bistro - Escargpt

P’tite Ardoise Bistro -19 Dec 2015

I really love French cuisine but P’tite Ardoise Bistro really didn’t do French cuisine the justice it deserves. I started with the escargot which served up 3 mini dishes, each containing 3 escargot immersed in a rich tomato base and a crunchy mini toast atop. The escargot were cooked well, nice and tender, some a tad spongey but tasty nonetheless. The crunchy mini toasts were tasty and the tomato base was good, though the dish was solid without being wow. I thought more flavour could have been delivered by additional parsley and potentially more garlic. The venison for mains was also perfectly cooked medium rare and served with a range of earthy vegetables which pair well. However, I felt the dish was underwhelming and quite pedestrian, really serving up meat and 3 veg. The French touches of a delicious sauce and flavour that is well represented in their dishes was lacking in this. I was quite disappointed with the outcome, particularly for the price paid, and passed on dessert.